Pasadena Star News: Lakers center Andrew Bynum is set to begin his off-season workouts next week in the heat and humidity of Atlanta, more than six months after suffering a season-ending left kneecap injury during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sean Zarzana, Bynum’s personal trainer, said Tuesday afternoon that they would begin off-season workouts “pretty much full bore” next week. There was no lingering pain or inflammation in Bynum’s kneecap, Zarzana added.
Bynum is eligible starting today to sign a contract extension worth as much as $80 million over five seasons. How aggressively the Lakers pursue a new deal with the 20-year-old could depend on how quickly he rebounds from his injury.
He underwent surgery May 21 to clear out cartilage debris and smooth out rough spots behind the kneecap. Dr. David Altchek performed the 30-minute procedure in New York. Last week, Altchek cleared Bynum to resume his workouts without restriction.
Bynum and Zarzana were in New York on Tuesday, completing Bynum’s rehabilitation exercises. But they planned to leave for Atlanta in the next few days.